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September 7, 2012, 6:20 PM

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John P. Falcone / CNET:
Amazon confirms: All new Kindle Fires stuck with ads  —  All new Kindle Fire tablets have “Special Offers” (ads), and — unlike past Kindles — you won't be able to opt out.  —  Amazon introduced a bevy of new tablets and e-readers at its Santa Monica press conference yesterday.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
BIG WIN FOR MICROSOFT: Bing Is The Default Search Engine On The Kindle Fire HD  —  It appears as though Microsoft has landed a nice win for its search engine, Bing.  —  Eliane Fiolet at UberGizmo got some hands on time with the Fire HD and mentioned that “The search box is powered by Bing.”
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to start selling make-or-break smartphone in November  —  (Reuters) - Nokia will start selling its new smartphone, potentially its last chance to break into the most profitable part of mobile phone market and secure its future, in November, sources at European telecoms operators said on Friday.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia aiming to launch the Lumia 920 on November 2nd for AT&T  —  Nokia is aiming for a November 2nd launch of its flagship Windows Phone 8 handset in the US.  Multiple sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed that the company is currently working with Microsoft and AT&T to complete …
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Apple to unveil new lineup of desktop iMacs  —  Get ready, because the iMacs are coming.  —  I've been hoping for an iMac update and it looks like my wish is about to come true!  Multiple sources tell me that a new lineup of desktop machines from Apple is imminent.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google beefs up its security by acquiring online virus scanner VirusTotal  —  Google has just acquired VirusTotal, a free security service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs, for an undisclosed amount.  According to VirusTotal's announcement, the two companies had been partners for quite some time …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
The FBI pours $1 billion into facial recognition technology project, going nationwide in 2014  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a $1 billion budget for its latest venture: using facial recognition technology to fight crime.  Dubbed the Next Generation Identification (NGI) …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
FedEx Planning for ‘Surge Volume’ Event September 21-24, Coinciding with Rumored iPhone 5 Launch Date  —  MacRumors has received word that FedEx is making preparations for a “surge volume” event during the period of September 21-24, coinciding with rumors of an iPhone launch in the United States …
Business Week:
Meet Apple's Favorite Blogger  —  On a cold day in February, John Gruber traveled from his home in Philadelphia to New York City for a meeting.  At a posh hotel near Central Park, the 39-year-old tech blogger was greeted by Phil Schiller, Apple's (AAPL) senior vice president for worldwide marketing.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google Maps adds new hi-res imagery in more than 60 regions following Bing's aerial maps roll out  —  Following the recent completion of Microsoft's Global Ortho (GO) project for Bing Maps, Google is now announcing updated, high resolution satellite imagery for more than 60 regions and updated aerial imagery for more than 20 locations.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Flipboard Has A Great Plan For Surviving Twitter's War On Developers: E-Commerce  —  Flipboard just revealed a new product that could well save the company: a social catalog for shopping.  —  More broadly, it shows that the much-watched startup is shifting away from getting people to look …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Airlines begin integrating Passbook for mobile boarding passes ahead of iOS 6 launch  —  While we expect a ton of businesses to soon start integrating iOS 6′s Passbook feature for storing boarding passes, loyalty cards, coupons, etc., it appears one airline has already done so.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Where oh where is Windows Phone 8?  —  The Nokia Lumia 920 is amazingly yellow.  —  Microsoft  —  Two companies have now announced their Windows Phone 8 hardware.  Samsung was first out of the blocks, showing off its ATIV S at IFA last month.  With much fanfare, Nokia revealed its first pair …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Apple cuts memory chip order to Samsung for new iPhone: source  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has reduced its orders for memory chips for its new iPhone from key supplier and competitor Samsung Electronics Co, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
How Kansas City taxpayers support Google Fiber  —  Google Fiber isn't exactly a free-market success story.  —  On Wednesday, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai released a statement praising the Google Fiber project as a model for other metropolitan areas to follow.

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